Travel Destinations in Nepal

Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal

  • Trip Code: MG-166
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Country: Travel Destinations in Nepal
  • Trip Level: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 5357m
  • Activity: Trekking Routes in Nepal
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu-Lukla-Phakding-Namche Bazaar-Dole-Mechharmo-Gokyo Valley-Gokyo Ri-Machhermo-Namche Bazaar-Lukla-Kathmandu

  • Best Season:

    March, April, May And September, October, November

Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal Highlights

  • Explore to Ngozompa Glacier 36km which is a persistent Ice body believed to be moving slowly by its own weight.
  • Explore Gokyo Village which is a unique Sherpa settlement at the base of Gokyo Ri Peak.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Sagarmatha National Park that surrounds the whole lake and glaciers a home to many different rare and endangered species of mountain animals like red panda, Snow Leopard, Yak, Lhopophorous, and Rhodendron.
  • Close Sunrise and Sunset view of Mount Everest from the nearest point.
  • Off the beaten trail routes ie, silent peaceful, and less crowded between giants world's highest mountain peaks.
  • Gokyo Lake is a combination of dozens of lakes and Gokyo Valley around the lake just below the Gokyo Ri Peak.


Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal Description

Gokyo is a small Sherpa settlement in the base of Gokyo Ri(5357m) in the Khumbu Region. Gokyo Ri is a peak very close to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, 8848.86m. It lies in the world's highest national park listed under UNESCO world heritage site Sagarmatha National Park at an altitude of 5000m above sea level.

Gokyo Lake Trek is a famous and alternative trek route designed for enthusiastic travelers who wish to explore in World's highest freshwater lake Gokyo Lake. This oligotrophic lake system is a comprising system of six lakes and compounds called Gokyo lake.

There are a few hotels, Lodges, and Restaurants near the lake for a close view of the lake from your coffee table. It has an area of 485 acres and was officially designated in 2007.

This lake system is essential for its permanent fresh water, and different glaciers combine to form Gokyo lake. The trek to this World's highest freshwater lake is one of the excellent travel options for tourists as they can witness the front face of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and many highest peaks in the Khumbu Region.

Similarly, Gokyo Valley under Gokyo Ri Peak is another major highlight of the Gokyo Lake Trek. Ngozompa Glacier is the largest Ice body at the base of Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain. This 36km long glacier is a persistent mass of Ice flowing slowly due to its weight.

Similarly, another beautiful village that falls on the way to Gokyo Lake Trek is a Machermo, a small peak just above the village. There are many guest houses and lodges in Machermo.

Gokyo Lake Trek is the best option besides Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Circuit trek. In 12 days, you get to experience:

  • splendid mountain view
  • Sherpa lifestyle
  • culture
  • tradition and history
  • different monasteries 
  • different endangered species of birds, animals, plants, and flowers are found in World's Highest Regions.

And more! Furthermore, if you want to, you can also turn this into a tea house trek. You complete your day hike and rest in different tea houses along the routes. Besides this, you can visit Namche Bazaar and take a acclimatization day here. While this will add some more time, when it comes to Everest Base Camp trekking and Everest circuit Trekking routes, taking an acclimatization day is a must - unless you are a professional mountaineer.

Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal Itinerary

Right after you arrive in Nepal, you will be received by a representative from Mount Glory Adventures. You can quickly identify them as they will be holding a display signboard with our company's logo. Once you contact them, they will guide you to your booked hotel. On the way to the hotel, you will receive a quick summary of our services. Once you arrive at your pre-booked hotel, you will have some free time to freshen up. After you have rested for a while, there will be a briefing at the Mount Glory Adventure office, during which you will be introduced to your travel guide. The travel guide will then share some of their experience to give you a general idea of what to expect in your forthcoming journey! 

Once you get enough rest and spend the night knowing your guides, you will commence your journey the next day by getting on a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The general duration of this flight is around 40 minutes. 

After you reach Lukla, there will be a brief break, followed by a three-hour trek to Phakding. During this trek, you will go through a gently ascending trail as you witness the scenario view on the banks of Dudh Koshi River. During this trek, you will also have the opportunity to view the Nupla. This will be a mildly rough journey since you must ascend and decent within a few hours.

The day will start with a warm breakfast at a local guest house and a short briefing session. Once the formalities are out of the way, your journey will begin as you walk through the scenic rivers and pass through high suspension bridges. On this day, your scenic journey will change from green hills to low snow-capped mountains as you catch glimpses of Mount Everest. 

Mount Everest is not the only mountain you will witness since, on this steep journey, you will come across Mt Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, Konde-Ri and more. After a trek of six to seven hours, you will arrive at your destination for the day, Namche Bazaar.

Although the entire journey is about ascending and descending, the air gets noticeably thinner after this point. Therefore, you will be given a day to rest and acclimate at Namche Bazaar. 

Since Namche Bazaar is one of the primary trading hubs of this region, you will have plenty of things to do on your free day here. You can experience the rich local culture, indulge in the best regional cuisines and more. That said, the key point of this day off is to rest and recharge your energy, so be sure not to exhaust yourself too much.

After you have gotten used to the thin air and the climate at Namche Bazaar, the journey continues. The route for the day will take you from Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khumbila, Sanasa, Mangala, Phortse Tenga, and Dole. 

Throughout this route, you will get to witness some of the best panoramic views of the mountains. Along with the distant view of the mountains, you will come into close contact with many mountain moss and lichens. 

This would be a relatively short trek. The day starts with the usual briefing and some light snacks. Once this is done, the journey continues as you brush past wild junipers that can only be found in high altitudes. 

If you arrive in this location during summer, you may come across pasturing yaks and semi-green pasturelands. Your eyes will feast on the breathtaking views of Cho Oyo along with some other mountains. You will be at your destination within four to five hours.

After the usual briefing and some light breakfast, you continue your journey with scenic views. Unbeknownst to you, you have completed more than half of your trip.

As you travel through the path to Bangka, Ngozumpa glacier and pass through the holy lakes, you understand why this Gokyo Trek is considered a special one. As you pass Dudh Pokhari, you reach the final destination of this journey.

You can see the humbling view of Cho Oyu summit and Gyaching Kang from this lake.

After staying for a night around the local settlements at Gokyo Lake, the descent back home begins. There will be some bitter-sweet feelings as you realize that this beautiful journey is nearing its end. However, this will enhance the enjoyment of each second you spend on this land isolated from modern life. 

The first part is naturally a climb to the peak of Gokyo Ri. Here you will get one of the best views of this journey as you bow to the humbling presence of the mountains surrounding you. After this, it's a short walk back to Machhermo village.

Unlike the ascend that lasted two days, the descent back to Namche Bazaar can be made within a day. The trail gently descends from the peak as you descend the Photse Tenga and witness the scenic view of rhododendron forests. 

The entire trek down will take around six to seven hours, but it will feel relatively quick. You will be so engrossed in the views that you will not notice the flow of time or the tiredness in your body.

Technically this would be the last day of your trek since the next day will consist of simply flying back to Kathmandu. This will be a relatively long trek since you will need to journey through the ups and downs of the trail that can last anywhere from seven to eight hours. 

Since this will be your last day trekking, every second will be precious as you try to take in as much as possible.


There will not be many events on this day since the only journey you will take is the 45 min long flight from Lukla back to Kathmandu. Once this is done, you can do practically anything you like. This includes visiting some of the best tourist attractions and trying local cuisines. You can even take a Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour if you wish to do so. 

Technically, you can extend your stay and take a more challenging trek to Everest Base Camp or Everest Circuit Trek. However, for most of you, this will be the final day of departure since there you have your whole life waiting for you at the other end of the world. 

Mount Glory Personnels will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport from your hotel, where you will return to your home town. 

Gokyo Lake Trek in Nepal Itinerary Map

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  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 02 Nights Twin sharing 3-Star accommodation in Kathmandu); Breakfast included. (A single room can be arranged upon payment of an extra price of USD 60 per night).
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Standard Guest House accommodation while in trekking time on a twin-sharing basis.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
  • Well, English-speaking Government License Holder Experienced Trek leader/Guide.
  • Porters to carry your bags(1 porter for 2 guests).
  • Food, Accommodation, salary, insurance, and equipment are for all staff.
  • Free Mount Glory Duffle, and T-shirt.
  • Everest National Park Permits and TIMS for trekking.
  • All government, hotel, and other applicable taxes.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
  • Trip Completion Certificate And Token Of Love.
  • Official expenses.
  • International Airfare and taxes.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All items of personal expenses.
  • Tipping for a guide, porters, and drivers(tipping is expected).
  • Any others expense which is not mentioned on 'a price Includes' a section.

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